Family and Child Law Program Fellowships

Work alongside internationally-recognized family and child advocacy faculty to explore the many faces of family and child advocacy law, help conduct research, plan events covering timely issues, and network with leading attorneys and policymakers.


1L Fellowships

Eligible applicants must be preparing to enter their first year in the JD program at the UO School of Law. Fellows are selected on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated interest in Family or Child Advocacy Law.

  

Eligibility:

Must be an incoming 1L.

Award amount:

$5,000 ($2,500 awarded at the beginning of fall semester and $2,500 awarded at the beginning of spring term.)

How to Apply:

Applicants to the JD program may apply. Please provide a short essay (250 to 750 words) describing your interests and experience in family law or child advocacy. Please include a current résumé. Your name (as stated on your application for admission) must be included on your essay. Email your essay and resume to: lawadmissions@uoregon.edu.


Mail application materials to:

University of Oregon School of Law
Office of Admissions
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1221

 

Applications for fellowships are reviewed on a rolling basis until the fellowships are filled. Applications for fellowships may be submitted at the time you submit your application for law school. Finalists for fellowships will be interviewed either on campus or remotely. Admissions will notify you of your selection. All candidates will be notified when the process has been completed.


Projects

Fellows work with a faculty advisor to support the Family and Child Advocacy Law program’s research, administration, and event planning with respect to one of the following project areas:

Child advocacy allows an incoming student to work closely with law faculty and Child Advocacy Project (OCAP) fellows, beginning the pursuit of a career in child advocacy. The project engages students in the pursuit of legal change to protect children’s interests.

The fellow assists in planning and presenting programs and may help develop legislative proposals and write papers on issues critical to children’s well-being.

Family law brings faculty and student together to work on legislative proposals and important legal issues that affect family life such as the following:

  • escaping from domestic violence
  • structuring same-sex relationships to ensure financial equity for both partners and protection for parent-child relationships that develop during the relationships
  • ending unfulfilling marriages and domestic partnerships in ways that are fair to both partners and protect children
  • facilitating parenthood through adoption and reproductive technology

The 1L Fellow may also help with OCAP projects.